Intro

About

In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.

The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.

The collection feeds from multiple sources, mainly from the generosity of architectural and photographic studios, as well as the large amount of excellent historical and reference editorial projects, such as architectural guides, magazines, monographs and other publications. It also takes into consideration all the reference sources from the various branches and associated entities with the COAC and other collaborating entities related to the architectural and design fields, in its maximum spectrum.

Special mention should be made of the incorporation of vast documentation from the COAC Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.

The rigour and criteria for selection of the works has been stablished by a Documental Commission, formed by the COAC’s Culture Spokesperson, the director of the COAC Historical Archive, the directors of the COAC Digital Archive, and professionals and other external experts from all the territorial sections that look after to offer a transversal view of the current and past architectural landscape around the territory.

The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.

Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque
Directors of the COAC Digital Archive

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About us

Architects' Association of Catalonia:

Àrea de Cultura

Directors:

2019-2020 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

Documental Commission:

2019-2020 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

External Collaborators:

2019-2020 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

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Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Cultura

Collaborating Entities:

ArquinFAD

 

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

 

Fundación DOCOMOMO Ibérico

Design & Development:

Nubilum Edittio

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Memory

En el projecte es nota una gran sintonia, admiració i respecte per l'edifici. El nou buit d'entrada des del carrer es va aconseguir amb una simple extracció de la llinda que separava dues finestres superposades i es va subratllar amb una marquesina lleugera i una discreta placa de llautó tènuement il·luminada. El cancell disminuïa en alçada fins a adquirir la dimensió del gruix del mur i poder així casar netament amb l'arc superior. Es van conservar les velles portes de caoba i en els seus nous emplaçaments es va procurar posar-les en evidència com a peces d'interès. També es van conservar les reixes i les fusteries de finestres. Les antigues motllures, tallades a vegades pels nous envans, van quedar com a testimoni d'anteriors distribucions i les targes de vidre van permetre contemplar aquest joc des de qualsevol punt de les oficines. Els nous tubs d'aire, exempts i penjats del cel ras, no van entrar en conflicte amb tot això. Res es va tirar, tot es va aprofitar. Va ser un exercici de superposició de capes amb la pretensió de que l'última no tapés l'anterior. Un Pentimento, una exhibició d'elements heterogenis que reflectien moments i sensibilitats diferents. Una voluntat de contribuir a no perdre la memòria.

Author: Lluís Clotet i Ballús

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